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2004-2005 Graduate Catalog
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Admission and Registration

International Students

Wright State welcomes applications from qualified international students. Approximately 600 students on F-1 and J-1 student visas currently attend the university. Applications for admission must be completed six months prior to the quarter in which the applicant wishes to begin studies at Wright State.

International graduate applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Graduate applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, similar or equal to a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, from a recognized college, university, or other institution of higher learning. Only an official transcript, translated into English, will be accepted as evidence of academic preparation. If the credentials cannot be evaluated by the Office of International Admissions, the applicant will be required to submit the credentials to an evaluation service and pay the cost of the evaluation.

  2. All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. If the applicant's native language is not English, a minimum score of 550/213 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a band of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required. Several departments or programs have set higher requirements for English proficiency. In addition, international students may be required by their academic advisors to take a university-administered English writing placement test. Students failing this test may be required to take supplemental on-campus classes to strengthen their English skills. Students who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university are exempted from the TOEFL requirement.

  3. Since the only type of internal financial assistance available to international graduate students is in the form of graduate assistantships and academic scholarships, the university must be assured that all international applicants have adequate financial resources to attend Wright State. The financial statement form must be accompanied by an affidavit of support and a bank statement provided by the sponsor, indicating the amount of money available to the applicant for the purpose of studying at Wright State University. International students applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) are required to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) before they can be assigned to classroom, laboratory, or tutor duties. International GTA applicants will be asked to take the university's Oral Proficiency Test (OPT) if their TSE scores are older than one year. Those with current TSE scores between 55 and 60 (250-300 on the OPT) will be allowed to teach in the classroom, laboratory, or other instructional settings; those with current TSE scores between 45 and 50 (210-249 on the OPT) will be allowed to teach in the classroom, laboratory, or other instructional settings on the condition that they enroll concurrently in English 095, a course designed to help their language, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. International graduate students who do not have TSE scores prior to their arrival on campus may take the OPT at Wright State when they apply for a GTA. Those applicants financing their own education from personal funds must also submit an official bank statement together with the financial statement. Wright State University reserves the right to require prepayment equivalent to one year's expenses.

  4. Form I-20 (certificate of eligibility for student [F-1] status) or DS-2019 (exchange visitor form) will be issued by the international student advisor when the applicant has met the above requirements and has been admitted to the university.

  5. All admitted international students are required to purchase and maintain Wright State's student health insurance for themselves and their dependents during their studies.

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